To mask or not to mask: How some Capital City businesses are navigating relaxed CDC guidelines

BY: - May 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit businesses hard, particularly smaller operations. On top of the hardships of decreased revenue and more, businesses also have had to deal with a rollercoaster of government-imposed restrictions that have tightened and loosened as COVID-19 cases and our understanding of how to combat it continue to change. The most sudden change […]

Michigan tribes help lead the charge against COVID-19 with mass vaccination efforts

BY: - April 20, 2021

As COVID-19 has killed Native Americans at a higher rate than any other group, tribes in Michigan — and across the country — have moved quickly once vaccines were available, administering shots to as many of their citizens as possible. In many areas, they’ve also extended vaccinations to non-Native populations. That process is bolstered by […]

Updated: Lansing mayor, city employees get COVID-19 vaccine early

BY: - January 26, 2021

Headline updated, 6:11 p.m., 1/26/21 About 50,000 Ingham County residents remain in a holding pattern for access to a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. But Lansing Mayor Andy Schor is not one of them.  Schor, 45, was vaccinated about two weeks ago as part of what officials at Sparrow Health Systems said was an invitation-only […]

Few show up for right-wing demonstration at Michigan Capitol amid strong police presence

BY: - January 17, 2021

The small group of protesters, including armed members of the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo bois,” who gathered outside the Michigan Capitol in downtown Lansing Sunday afternoon were far outnumbered by police and members of the National Guard — relieving elected officials and law enforcement who had braced for chaos and violence in the wake of the […]

Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest

BY: - January 15, 2021

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed Friday morning the Michigan National Guard has been activated in advance of expected right-wing protests in downtown Lansing this weekend. Tiffany Brown, the governor’s communications director, confirmed the Guard’s activation in a text message, and referred questions about the number of troops called up and other operational details […]


Lansing braces for wave of ‘armed, violent’ protests before Biden’s inauguration

BY: - January 13, 2021

With images of a screaming, furious mob over running a weak defense of the U.S. Capitol a week ago, Michigan state and local officials are bracing for a possible armed, violent demonstration on Sunday at the state Capitol in Lansing.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has received intel that armed protests are being planned […]

Activists push back against Lansing shutdown of homeless site in ‘Moral Mondays’ event

BY: - January 12, 2021

The Lansing chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign carried out a spirited vehicle caravan and rally in downtown Lansing during a chilly Monday afternoon. The activists pushed back on city policies that they say have had adverse results on city residents.  The effort is believed to be the first “Moral Mondays” demonstration in Lansing staged […]

Trump supporters rally in Lansing, say they’re ‘part of the new resistance’

BY: - November 7, 2020

Hundreds of President Donald Trump supporters gathered outside the state Capitol Saturday while Democrat Joe Biden was declared the president-elect.  Biden supporters in other major cities across the country, like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia and Brooklyn have taken to the streets in celebration of the election results. The Associated Press and other outlets called the election […]

Officials: COVID-19 hospitalizations have shot up 80% in recent weeks

BY: - October 13, 2020

State and local public health officials expressed concern Tuesday about how COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to rise in Michigan during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. Hospitalizations have gone up 80% in recent weeks, officials warned.  At the briefing, officials pleaded that Michiganders continue taking precautions to prevent a potential second wave of the […]

Michigan makes final census push before deadline

BY: - September 23, 2020

As the deadline for completing the U.S. census draws near, there is good news and not-so-good news for Michigan. The good news is that the state as of Wednesday ranks tied for sixth in the nation in people who responded on their own to the census, up from 17th during the 2010 effort, according to […]

‘I didn’t expect to get tackled trying to do my job’ 

BY: - July 30, 2020

For Steve Neavling, it was a seminal moment. The veteran Detroit Metro Times investigative reporter described to the Advance how he was roughed up on June 2 up by Detroit Police while reporting on police arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters in the Motor City. Neavling said that he was punched, kneed, and elbowed by […]

Michigan reports spike of 610 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

BY: - July 8, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports Wednesday that 67,237 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,015 have died from the virus — a jump of 610 cases and 10 deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also notes that an additional 7,314 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well […]